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Demolition threat to £295m Olympic press centre

The international broadcast centre and neighbouring media centre could be demolished following the games under plans currently under consideration

Legacy chiefs are investigating the cost of flattening the two buildings alongside two other bids to convert the 93,000m² complex post-games, reported The Financial Times.

A tender competition for the buildings – designed by Allies and Morrison and RPS Burks Green – is currently on-going. Proposals currently in the frame include a fashion hub and innovation centre.

A £1 billion bid by PLP and the Wellcome Trust to transform the entire Olympic Park including the media complex into two universities was rejected last summer.

In February last year Gensler also floated plans for a 28,500 m2 indoor ski slope on the plot close to Hopkins’ Olympic veloderome.

A London Legacy Development Corporation spokesperson said: ‘The London Legacy Development Corporation aims to achieve value for the taxpayer and an enduring legacy for the Olympic Park and surrounding areas.

‘We are considering the bids we have received and will naturally look to assess them in the context of a full range of options for the Press and Broadcast Centres.’

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